Bill Frist: Odd Man Out

If you have a subscription to the Wall St. Journal, you will find this article interesting - about the background and ascendancy of Sen. Bill Frist:

Mr. Frist is the youngest Senate majority leader since Lyndon Johnson and one of the most powerful leaders in Washington. Yet just as he was on that night in Nashville, he remains a work in progress. He came to power without a natural political base, a rarity in the modern Senate, and also lacks Mr. Johnson's famed instincts and ruthlessness.

That presents risks for President George W. Bush, who wants Mr. Frist to advance an ambitious second-term agenda. It's also a danger for Mr. Frist, especially if he runs for president in 2008. His restless nature and supreme confidence have led him into waters over his head. Just this spring, on the Terri Schiavo right-to-die controversy and the fight over judicial nominations, Mr. Frist pushed the Senate into unknown territory, and, in the latter case, into a battle he couldn't easily win.

His background:

Young "Billy," the youngest of five children, grew up with a desire to be "first in everything...the grammar school capo di capo," he later wrote in a book about being a surgeon, called "Transplant." At Montgomery Bell Academy, the prep school he attended near his home, Mr. Frist was class president, yearbook editor and quarterback. He stayed up studying flight manuals to get a pilot's license.

Read the whole article, Bill Frist is nothing if not the "odd man out."

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    Re: Bill Frist: Odd Man Out (none / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:35 PM EST
    The good Speaker/Doctor is off his rocker, that's the most glaring problem. And President? Are you kidding? The thought of his run makes the run of Dan Quayle a few years back seem downright serious and viable. President? A-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! I know, you're only the messenger. That derisive laugh was meant for, well, I don't know who. Maybe just me.

    Re: Bill Frist: Odd Man Out (none / 0) (#2)
    by scarshapedstar on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:00:35 PM EST
    Frist is a hero and he'd get my vote for President. He won't get three fake purple hearts for his courage when he watched that video of Terry Schiavo and told the truth, that she was ready for the decathlon, but he deserves them. (Dadler, there are Republicans who read this site, don't blow it!)